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O is for Obedience

Corgis are definitely smart little things, no doubt about that!  One of the things that we kept seeing when we were researching the breed before we even contacted Gwen’s breeder was that it was very highly recommended to start their training very early on since they are quick learners and will easily outsmart their humans if not taught at an early age who is their pack leader and what it means to listen to them.  At around 10-12 weeks their little brains are like sponges and they will learn very quickly.  The first day we had Gwen home she learned “sit.”  A couple days later we started working on “down” and she picked that up right away!

She was also house trained fairly quickly, only having accidents when we weren’t able to get her outside in time.  She would try to tell us in her own little puppy way (whining and nipping) when she needed out — her humans caught on very quickly to her signals.  We also kept her on a pretty regular schedule as to taking her out to reduce accidents.  Puppy Rule of Thumb:  puppy bladders can hold about an hour per every month they are old.  Works like a charm!  She would get very grumpy with us if she had an accident too, that was kind of funny!

We enrolled Gwen in puppy classes as soon as we could (when she was done with all her puppy shots) at our local Petco and she went way beyond what was normally taught in Puppy Level I.  By the end our trainer was trying to come up with things to do!  She learned sit, down, stay, wait, Bang! (play dead), roll over, heel, come, leave-it, bed, shake, on, and off.  We’ve been working on some more tricks with her to keep her thinking and her latest to master has been “sit pretty” though sometimes she falls over still.  Walking nicely on a loose leash is another of Gwen’s “talents.”  Admittedly she doesn’t always walk nicely but she is easy to correct, all you have to do is check her back and she’s good.

Gwen graduated from her puppy class with flying colors!  We had originally signed her up for the next round of obedience classes after she got spayed (about a month later) and then there were some problems at the store and our trainer wasn’t able to finish her classes so we were given a refund and we said we’d try to sign up again later.  At the time I didn’t want to wait for a new trainer to be hired or to go to a store in a different city, having to start over.  Fast forward a few months, I got my job at Petco and now I wish I had gone to that store (different one) for puppy classes!  I like both of the trainers and we would have been able to continue on training.  I signed Gwen up for the AKC Canine Good Citizen course — take the AKC CGC test at the end to get certified — but while we waited for the class to start, Andrew figured I wouldn’t be able to finish the class since we were “supposably” leaving at a certain date but turned out we weren’t.  Things changed and he got extended here so in hind site I wish we’d done the class but at the time we didn’t think it was going to work.

The AKC Canine Good Citizen is a certification that is great to have.  When it was suggested to me, I whole heartedly agreed that it would be awesome to do!  The tests are things that are normal or that you would see in sort of an everyday setting if you were to be out in town with your dog or something like that.  There are 10 tests which include accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, and reaction to distractions.  I have put the links to all the info about the CGC test and certifications in here a couple times, please check it out!  It is well worth it. 🙂

Once we get moved and all settled in we will try to get signed up for another class.  I want to get this certification under our (Gwen’s) belt or I guess collar in her case! 😉

I would also love to get involved in some sort of club or organization or even just classes with other dogs just to be able to meet other doggy people and to be able to do something fun with the dog!  I was in 4-H with my horses growing up and I wish they had 4-H for adults!!  Eventually we would love to do something like agility or even obedience with Gwen, for now we will settle for having such a cute little snuggle buddy, companion, and house pet.  Though I am sure Gwen would hate to be called a “house pet” if you were to ask her…she’d prefer “Corgi Princess Extraordinaire!

 

Yes, my dog is perfect! 

Happy A to Z!

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Frappy Friday — Burrito Corgi

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This picture was taken after Gwen went swimming…this is how I feel right now. Exhausted!

It’s finally Friday!  What a long, but enjoyable week, we’ve had!  We had a very enjoyable time with Andrew’s grandparents and Gwen certainly did too!  She figured out who would save her (Gma) and who would join in the teasing (Gpa).  Gwen realized that if she sat under Gma chair then no one would bother her.

Gwen got a couple bully sticks in her stocking.  These are totally new to her and of course she loved them!  When I tried to take it away from her she gave me the cold shoulder and snarled at me!  (Similar reaction with rawhides.)  Antlers she is fine with you taking them but not these disgusting tasty things!  (Side note:  do you know what bully sticks are made out of?!)  But try and take a rawhide or a bullystick and you best have a squirt bottle in your hand!  I have found that is the most effective way of dealing with it.  She nipped my finger once and got in trouble for that.  Though, the water squirt in the face seems to piss her off even more…  Either way we are now working on “drop it” with these super-duper-high-value chewy things!

Puppy was SUPER well behaved (minus said snarling incident) and I was so proud of her!  She showed off all her tricks and even made friends!  B&B (A’s grandparents) even said that they were very impressed at how well Gwen behaved!  They compared her to other dogs in the family and only had glowing remarks for Gwen.  😀  They loved how she goes in her crate nicely and is not a whiney pest.  They also liked the idea of the crate and how it keeps the dog contained when not around so that she can’t destroy things — we also had success with Dayzee, our lab, and I wouldn’t do it any other way!  When we would eat she would go in her crate, when we opened human presents and stockings she went in her crate, and when we would leave she would go in her crate.  Of course she’d get a cookie each time so she didn’t think it was a bad deal.  Gwen even put herself in her crate a couple times during the day when she would get tired.  She’d just walk in and go to sleep and come back out when she was ready (door remained open).

After all that excitement Gwen will get plenty of time to rest.  Yesterday, I flew out west to go home for my Grandpa’s funeral so Gwen got to stay the afternoon in her box.  Our friend Alicia is going to take care of her today.  Gwen loves her.  Yesterday she came over and Gwen was all waggles and kisses!  I felt bad leaving Gwen but I know that Andrew will keep her well entertained this weekend!

I am going to need to find a new toy box for Gwen!  She got so many toys this year!  What with being the new grand-dog and all…plus I felt the need to spoil my puppy!  🙂  Gwen received a plethora of new balls, an Angry Birds Frisbee, the toys from her Secret Santa (frisbee and balls), a new Kong from my parents, her own pair of socks from my parents, some cuddleys from B&B, a pully toy and a bandana from Andrew’s parents, a couple antlers and bully sticks from us, two new blingy collars from Santa (Santa found them on clearance at $3 each, can you imagine?!), a Kong Wubba, a Kong Squeezz stick, and a box of Christmas doggie cookies!  Gwen isn’t spoiled at all, can you tell?!  At least with all of these things to destroy play with she won’t be destroying the house!

We hope everyone had a very enjoyable Christmas!  🙂 — Gwen and her Hoomans